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Behnaz and Baharak Khaleghi are multidisciplinary artists and collaborators originating from Iran currently living in the Bay Area, California where Behnaz pursued her MFA at the University of California Berkeley and Baharak pursued hers at San Jose State University. In their practice, deploying an array of mediums, they seek alternative ways of making feminist art in a Middle Eastern context, usually paying attention to the potentials of humor and pleasure while simultaneously embracing the aesthetics of disgust and horror, pushing against taste to develop new categories for beauty; what is pleasurable and libidinous for women as defined by women, offensive to male taste and its ownership.

Behnaz's work has been acclaimed and chosen among Bay Area emerging artists as part of the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards program and has been exhibited in spaces such as the De Young Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum. Baharak's work has been exhibited in spaces such as the De Young Museum and Root Division Gallery in San Francisco.

 

Curriculum Vitae 

 

Behnaz Khaleghi
 

Education:

MFA 2015 – 2017, University of California, Berkeley, CA_ Art Practice

BSc  2006 _ 2011, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran_ Physics

Awards/Honors:

2016_ Jack K. & Gertrude Murphy Awardee, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2016_ Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship (NRTF), University of California, Berkeley, CA

2016_ Honorable Mention, Eisner Film and Video Competition, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2016_ Student Showcase “Sanctuary”, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2015_ Non-Resident Tuition Fellowship (NRTF), University of California, Berkeley, CA

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2019_ “55:56”, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA 

 

Group Exhibitions:

2021_ “Eclipsed Body, Harmful Space” festival “Oodaaq“, Le lieu gallery, Rennes, France

2021_ “Walking”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ “My Body For Your Loneliness” Festival International d'art Vidéo de Casablanca 26th Edition, Casablanca, Morocco

2020_ “When People Decide to End Themselves”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ “Home/Body”, Slide Space 123, Oakland, CA

2019_ “In Honor Of” performance at Clarion Alley Project, San Francisco, CA

2019_ “4Waves: 40 Performances for the Hole”, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2019_ “Once at Present”, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2019_ “Wander Woman”, Performance event, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2019_ “Wander Woman”, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2018_ “Alliance Den”, Alternative Gallery Space in West Oakland, CA

2017_ “Dear SF, Love Berkeley”, Right Window gallery, Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco, CA

2017_ “The 47th annual UC Berkeley MFA Show”, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California

2016_ “Making New Paths”, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

2016_ “The Annual Murphy & Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition”, The San Francisco Foundation and SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2016_ Eisner Film and Video Winners Screening, BAMPFA, Berkeley, CA

2016_ “Sanctuary”, 2016 student showcase, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2016_ “Roll a Zero”, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

 

Related Experience

2020_ Co-founder of “Project 13” virtual art exhibition program for Iranian Artists, Richmond, CA

2016_ Instructor of the course “Introduction to Visual Communication”, UC Berkeley, Art Practice Department, Fall Semester, Berkeley, CA

Baharak Khaleghi

Education:

MFA 2015 – 2018, Master Of Fine Art in Photography San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

BSc 2003 _ 2008, Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting Azad University- Central Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

 

Awards/Honors:

2016_ Student Showcase “Sanctuary”, De Young Museum, San Francisco, California

2016_ Honorable Mention, Eisner Film and Video Competition, University of California, Berkeley

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2019_ “55:56”, Aggregate Space Gallery, Oakland, CA

2018_ “Corporeal Couture’’, Belcher Gallery, San Jose, CA

2017_ “Not Yours” Gallery 3, San Jose State University, CA

2017_ “Something my mother taught me” Gallery 5, San Jose State University, CA

 

Group Exhibitions:

 

2021_ “Eclipsed Body, Harmful Space” festival “Oodaaq”, Le lieu gallery, Rennes, France

2021_ “Walking”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ “My Body For Your Loneliness”, Festival International d'art Vidéo de Casablanca 26th Edition, Casablanca, Morocco

2020_ “When People Decide to End Themselves”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ "Home/Body", Slide Space 123, Oakland, CA

2019_ “In Honor Of”, performance at Clarion Alley Project, San Francisco, CA

2019_ “Wander Woman”, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2018_ “Alliance Den”, Alternative Gallery Space, Oakland, CA

2018_ “The task of the translator” Incline Gallery, San Francisco

2017_ “Corridos” performance, Gallery 3, San Jose State University, CA

2016_ Eisner Film and Video Winners Screening, Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California

2016_ “Sanctuary”, 2016 student showcase, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2015_ “Self Portrait” Reyko Gallery, San Francisco,CA 

 

Related experience:

2021_ Co-Curator of “Walking”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ Co-curator of “When People Decide to End Themselves”, Project 13, virtual exhibition, Richmond, CA

2020_ Co-founder of Project 13 virtual art exhibition program for Iranian Artists, Richmond, CA

2016_ Instructor of Basic Digital Photography, San Jose State University, spring semester